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Before the Gregorian ReformThe Latin Church at the Turn of the First Millennium$
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John Howe

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780801452895

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801452895.001.0001

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“Learning Is Part of Holiness”

“Learning Is Part of Holiness”

(p.204) Chapter 7 “Learning Is Part of Holiness”
Before the Gregorian Reform

John Howe

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines the role of learning in ecclesiastical reform. The new churches and monasteries required trained personnel, necessitating the revival of old schools and the establishment of new ones in order to produce the necessary religious professionals. This movement was inspired by Carolingian precedents but implemented on a considerably enlarged scale using increasingly refined pedagogy and curricula. Until recently, historians of education have not paid much attention to the actual formative practices of medieval Christian education. This chapter discusses the proliferation of new schools beyond Charlemagne's old borders and proceeds with an overview of preschool curricula and children's choirs. It also considers the teaching of Latinate culture to children as well as the seven liberal arts that formed the core curriculum of medieval schools. Finally, it describes education as a type of clerical reform.

Keywords:   learning, ecclesiastical reform, curricula, Christian education, choirs, Latinate culture, medieval schools, clerical reform

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